Skagit Valley College

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 Course Title:   Essentials of the Child Development Associates Credential (CDA): Resource File

 Title Abbreviation:   CDA: RESOURCE FILE

 Department:    ECED

 Course #:    206

 Credits:    3

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    3

 CIP:    131210

 EPC:    402

 REV:    2021

 Course Description  

Child Development Associates (CDA) resource file documentation of the required skills and knowledge to become a professional teacher of young children. Students who have completed the educational requirements for the CDA will be provided with information to help them apply, understand, define, and clarify the requirements established by the CDA National Credentialing program for center or home based settings. May be taken in conjunction with one of the other CDA courses.


Prerequisite: ECED 203, ECED 204, or ECED 205 with a "D" or higher.

Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 33

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Vocational Supplementary Elective  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Define and evaluate safe, healthy learning environments.
  2. Define and evaluate child growth and development.
  3. Define and evaluate working with a diversity of families.
  4. Define and evaluate early learning program management.
  5. Define and evaluate professionalism and ethical conduct.
  6. Demonstrate and document age appropriate teaching methods and strategies.
  7. Plan and respond to meet the needs of children with special needs.
  8. Develop culturally relevant and anti-bias program practices.
  9. Demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills regarding the 13 Functional Areas of the CDA credential.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

Course Contents

  1. Safe, healthy learning environments.
  2. Child growth and development.
  3. Working with a diversity of families.
  4. Early learning program management.
  5. Professionalism and ethical conduct.
  6. Teaching strategies.
  7. Children with Special Needs.
  8. Cultural relevancy in programs for young children.